"1776, or The Hessian Renegades" is a short war drama. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of Billy Bitzer, Arthur V. Johnson and Robert Harron, stars of Silent Hall of Fame. Billy Bitzer shares the cinematography credit with Arthur Marvin. Arthur V. Johnson plays a Hessian and Robert Harron plays a farmer.The Hessians were German soldiers in service with the British during the American War of Independence. In the film a group of Hessians chases a... Topics: D.W. Griffith, Robert Harron, Arthur V. Johnson, Billy Bitzer, Biograph Company, silent film,...
This is a short preview. You can watch the whole film here:http://silent-hall-of-fame.org/index.php/gems-for-donation"Orphans of the Storm" is a historical drama directed by D. W. Griffith starring Lillian Gish. This film illustrates the work of cinematographer Billy Bitzer, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. The events in the film occur before and during the French revolution of 1789, which was caused by the extreme societal inequalities, with aristocracy enjoying unlimited privileges... Topics: D. W. Griffith, Billy Bitzer, Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, silent film, silent movie stars, free...
This short film by Alice Guy (pronounced Alees ghee)Blache is another example of her playing with sexual stereotypes. In it the two policemen are required to dress as women to catch pickpockets. Notice that, though they have male faces they are accepted as women by everyone. Also the cloning in the police department is interesting as the officers do the mincing walk of that is more like cross dressers than like women. It was made in the Solex Company which Guy owned along with her husband about... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: gay, bache, silents
One is Business,; The Other is Crime. was directed by D W Griffith in 1912. In it we follow two couples, one rich, one poor and here Griffith draws a distinction between white collar crime and the more obvious street crime.Blanche Sweet stars. Topics: silents, Griffith
Long before teaming with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy starred with Billy Ruge in a series of comedies as "Plump and Runt." It was relatively short-lived, as they did 35 films together in 1915 and 1916, mainly one reels. It was the pinnacle of Ruge's career, and he disappeared from movies a few years later. Hardy moved on to bigger things (no pun intended). In this short, Plump receives an announcement of a coming visit by a rich uncle. He can't wait to meet the beautiful wife and... Topics: silent, slapstick, plump and runt, billy ruge, oliver hardy
Henriette and Louise, a foundling, are raised together as sisters. When Louise goes blind, Henriette swears to take care of her forever. They go to Paris to see if Louise's blindness can be cured, but are separated when an aristocrat lusts after Henriette and abducts her. Only Chevalier de Vaudrey is kind to her, and they fall in love. The French Revolution replaces the corrupt Aristocracy with the equally corrupt Robespierre. De Vaudrey, who has always been good to peasants, is condemned to... ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Drama, Silent, D.W. Griffith
No Noise is the 17th Our Gang short subject comedy released. The Our Gang series (later known as "The Little Rascals") was created by Hal Roach in 1922, and continued production until 1944.Mickey is in the hospital to have his tonsils removed. The gang decide to visit him, and end up causing all sorts of disasters. They manage to work their way into both the x-ray and operating rooms, among other places. Finally, the gang is subdued after inhaling some powerful nitrous oxide (laughing... Topics: Our Gang, Silent, No Noise
Our Gang Silent Boys will be Joys 1925: The gang has big plans to create an amusement park of their own, but when a surveyor shows up, he lets them know that the property has been sold to build a factory. The Rascals go to talk to the owner of the property and discover that he is a big kid himself. After listening to them, he walks out of a board meeting to help them set up their amusement park. His disgruntled board of directors follows with plans to vote him out of position, but they actually... Topics: Our Gang, silent, 1925
Our Gang silent High society 1924: Plot: Mickey lives with his Uncle Pat, and they frequently have corned beef for dinner. The gang meanwhile steals fruit from the local merchant by using a funnel and a drainpipe. The police officer who catches them wants to teach them a lesson, and then goes to get corned beef dinner with Pat. Mickey is soon adopted by his Aunt Kate to make him into a little gentleman. She and her butler bathe him down, slick back his hair and put him in a Little Lord... Topics: our gang, silent, 1924
While on a cross-country train trip, the Our Gang kids drive the rest of the passengers crazy with a never-ending game of cowboys and Indians. During a stopover in the sleepy town of Red Dog, the kids disembark in hopes of savoring a taste of genuine Western life. They get more than they bargained for when a trio of bandits rides into town for a showdown with the local sheriff. Meanwhile, black youngster Allen "Farina" Hoskins tries to pass himself off as an Indian, but the members of... ( 4 reviews ) Topics: our gang, little rascals